INDIANAPOLIS — We have now seen a complete preseason from Andrew Luck, and it has eased some anxiety considering it was his first slate of game action since the 2016 season.
Luck saw his most extensive action Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers as he played nearly the entire first half and capped it with his first touchdown pass of the preseason. Luck exited the game with about a minute left in the first half, with Jacoby Brissett taking over.
This week, head coach Frank Reich said he wanted to see the offense get some momentum before they left, and that was achieved.
In Luck's four drives on Saturday, he went 8-of-10 passing for 90 yards, one touchdown and a passer rating of 137.5.
As previously mentioned, he did have one touchdown drive, which culminated in a 15-yard pass to tight end Eric Ebron, who also scored his first touchdown of the season.
Luck completed three passes to Ebron, two to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and one each to wide receiver Chester Rogers, running back Jordan Wilkins and tight end Darrell Daniels.
The other three drives by the first-team offense resulted in punts.
Overall, the unit amassed 112 yards on 26 plays (32 rushing and 80 passing), eight first downs and were 4-for-7 on third downs. The offense also converted a 4th-and-1 attempt.
The first-team offense, led by Luck, will head into the regular season opener Sept. 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals with some positive on its side. In three games this preseason, Luck — who isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bengals — completed 20-of-32 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown, one interception and an 83.1 passer rating.
He led 11 drives in all, four of which were scoring drives — three field goals and one touchdown. There were six drives that resulted in punts, and another in an interception.